DevOps Application Release and Deploy for Managers: The Purpose is Worth the Pursuit
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[Note: This is the second blog post in a series intended to collect, discuss and refine the emerging management practices and guidance in the fast growing DevOps application release and deploy segment. The first post is here, and next is here.]
You have to deliver more software faster to operate efficiently and to innovate. Entire industries are literally being transformed by software based innovation. For example, software is infusing new innovation even into venerable white goods – large appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators – at an increasing pace. LG Electronics has developed a Smart Manager which transforms a refrigerator into a complete food management system. The refrigerator’s LCD panel or your smartphone can be used to check quantities, location, and expiration date of food items stored in the refrigerator. It will recommend dishes that can be cooked using the ingredients available inside, and prepare shopping lists for any missing items or those past the expiration date.
Automobiles are becoming interconnected traveling infotainment centers, and self-driving to boot. Select a destination on the GPS and a pay-per-view genre, then sit back and watch TV shows or movies while your car takes you there.
Look at what Amazon.com, Walmart, and Cemex (click link for a case study) have done in retail and construction, and related innovations in collaboration platforms, logistics support systems and supply chain management…. In sum, software based innovation is rapidly creating new customer value in differentiated products and services, or capturing that value through more effective and efficient back office processes and systems.
You have to be prepared to capitalize on this wave of software-based innovation. Yet few organization leaders feel prepared. Recently IBM conducted a study of 400 C-Suite and other business executives about trends impacting their enterprise’s competitiveness in the next five years. The execs identified proliferation of mobile devices, explosion of unstructured data, collaboration across value chains, emergence of cloud platforms and inte
Let’s take a closer look at those leading firms and advanced software organizations that outperform their peers. They utilize mature and advanced software development and delivery practices that include Agile and Continuous Delivery–-two supporting approaches to DevOps and application release management and deployment automation. 63% of them use collaboration between development and operations to more effectively deliver software and improve outcomes. They are also 10 times (yes, 10x, an order of magnitude) more likely to apply Agile and Continuous Delivery than more basic, foundational, less mature organizations.
The purpose of pursuing DevOps should be clear – and some of the payoff, too. My next blog post will explore the economic payoff. As in any good suspense filled drama, are you somewhat convinced and able to suspend disbelief that the purpose is worth the pursuit? So that you feel motivated to capitalize on DevOps in your organization, and lead its successful implementation? If not, why not? Comments, please.
Peter Spung, Integration Executive, UrbanCode, IBM Rational Software. @paspung on twitter